Before arriving:

  • LIMIT CAFFEINE AND ALCOHOL.  Since caffeine and alcohol affect sleep patterns in important ways, please refrain from the significant use of caffeine and alcohol during your sleep study.  You are encouraged to maintain your regular routine with regard to these substances.
  • Do not use hair spray, hair gel or any hair-care products before coming to the center.  These products will impede the electrodes.

What to bring:

  • Comfortable nightclothes, a robe, and slippers (avoid wearing silk, satin or polar fleece pajamas due to static build up which can create signal interference).
  • Shampoo, toiletries, hair-drier. Soap and towels are provided.
  • A refrigerator is provided for your use, but remember this is a sleep study, so only decaffeinated drinks, please.
  • If you prefer your own pillow or blanket (avoid silk, satin or polar fleece), bring it along!
  • If you normally read before going to bed, feel free to bring along your reading material to the center. Cable TV and a computer with internet access are available in the lounge area as well as in your room.

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What will happen?

The sleep technicians will prepare you for the sleep study by affixing small disc-shaped electrodes to your head, face, and legs.  The electrodes are attached using tape, collodion (a type of glue that is easily dissolved) or Elefix paste. In some cases on your first night, you will also wear a few additional devices (e.g., a soft, flexible chest strap and a pulse oximeter on your finger) to measure your breathing during sleep.  These additional devices are used to test for possible physical problems during your sleep, like sleep apnea.

What to know before your wire-up:

  • Make-up, lotions, and moisturizers should be removed before wire up.
  • Avoid wearing acrylic nails or using nail polish, as this interferes with the acquisition of oxygen saturation levels.
  • Electronic devices will need to be powered down at your bedtime.  Watches should also be removed at bedtime to prevent the possibility of signal issues.

Finding a Sleep Study to Apply For:

Some of our studies can be found at the Pitt+Me website


Informational Video on the SBNC: